Dr. Eva Sapi, Professor and Department Chair Director of Lyme Disease Program Department of Biology and Environmental Science
“Recent Advances in Lyme Disease Research”
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm Library, Upper Level
In this lecture she will discuss her recent research findings on Borrelia, the Lyme disease bacteria. The goal of her research effort is to better understand how Borrelia can hide from the immune system as well as from antimicrobial therapies. Her recent research shows that Borrelia is capable forming a protective layer around itself – called biofilm – which could render it to be very resistant to antibiotics and provide a logical explanation as to why extensive antibiotic treatment for patients with a tick-bite history could fail. She will also discuss new ways to study this novel form and to identify novel antibacterial agents that are effective in killing all forms of Borrelia.
Dr. Sapi received her Ph.D. degree in Genetics from the University of Eotvos Lorand (Budapest Hungary). She is a Professor and department Chair at the University of New Haven (Connecticut) where she teaches undergraduate and graduate level biology courses and carries out Lyme disease research with her students. To date, over 80 graduate students have received training in Lyme disease related research. Dr. Sapi also organized and chaired seven Lyme Disease Symposiums at the University of New Haven during the last several years.